by Patrick Fancher
Corvallis author Gregg Kleiner inks again, this time with a short story titled “The Blue Jackpot,” which is a part of the upcoming Oregon anthology The Night, the Rain, and the River. This anthology, to be released at Powell’s Books in Portland on Tuesday, May 6, comprises 22 short stories from Oregon-based writers and will be published by Forest Avenue Press.
Kleiner drew influence for his stories growing up near creeks throughout the state; he currently lives at the confluence of the Willamette and Mary’s Rivers. One of his previous novels, Where the River Turns to Sky (HarperCollins), was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award and the Patterson Fiction Prize. He also just wrapped up writing a collection of short stories that explore the community, elders, and climate change among other topics.
The anthology’s release is slated for May, which coincides with National Short Story Month. Check out www.forestavenuepress.com for more information.
Readings of The Night, the Rain, and the River have been scheduled during the anthology’s launch on Tuesday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside Street, Portland.